The St. Louis Blues are banged up and not playing well at all. The Blues have lost their last three and are a mediocre 6-7-2 on their home ice in a city that Scott Darling correctly tabbed as a less than ideal place. They’re going to be without one of their key defensemen tonight; Torey Krug went on LTIR.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are… the Blackhawks. But hey, they haven’t lost three in a row currently so we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM
Tyler Johnson — Max Domi — Patrick Kane
Philipp Kurashev — Jonathan Toews — Taylor Raddysh
Andreas Athanasiou — Jason Dickinson — Sam Lafferty
Boris Katchouk — Reese Johnson — MacKenzie Entwistle
Jake McCabe — Seth Jones
Isaak Phillips — Connor Murphy
Jack Johnson — Caleb Jones
🥅 Alex Stalock
St. Louis Blues
Pavel Buchnevich – Ryan O’Reilly -Brayden Schenn
Jordan Kyrou -Robert Thomas – Vladimir Tarasenko
Brandon Saad – Noel Acciari – Ivan Barbashev
Alexey Toropchenko – Logan Brown – Josh Leivo
Niko Mikkola – Colton Parayko
Nick Leddy – Justin Faulk
Calle Rosen – Robert Bortuzzo
🥅 Jordan Binnington
Jarred Tinordi is on IR.
St. Louis Blues
Torey Krug, Marco Scandella and Scott Perunovich are on LTIR.
What to Watch For
- Two of the big-ticket, big-name centers who might be on the trade market between now and the trade deadline will go at it again tonight. Ryan O’Reilly is having an incredibly frustrating season (he’s minus-26) but has a similar profile to Jonathan Toews for teams who might consider taking on a big cap hit to fix a center need.
- The Blackhawks have scored 19 goals in 11 games in December (which is awful). It’s worse when you consider Max Domi and Taylor Raddysh have scored four goals each; that means Blackhawks other than Domi and Raddysh have scored 11 goals in 11 games. Oh, and five of those other 11 goals have come from Toews (three) and Patrick Kane (two).
- Jordan Kyrou has been hot for the Blues in December. He’s scored eight goals with seven assists for 15 points in 10 games this month. He had two points against the Blackhawks back on Nov. 16 when the Blues beat the Hawks 5-2.